Meena Kathiresan PhD in Biochemistry (2015)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, USA
The training I received in mass spectrometry at CBAMS was instrumental in my scientific growth as a PhD student. The Orbitrap Velos was installed at CBAMS during my PhD and I was able to see firsthand the power of high resolution mass spectrometry in answering scientific questions pertaining to cell signaling, protein, lipid and small molecule interactions with high precision, accuracy and reproducibility. More importantly, this technology allowed high throughput samples to be analyzed in a matter of hours which significantly increased my productivity and led to publications in high impact journals such as PNAS and Chemical Science. I truly appreciate the hands on experience I received from CBAMS as well as the ability to interact with the knowledgeable staff. I was able to work directly with the instruments from making my own columns to developing proteomics methodology to answer my specific research questions. I am currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in the field of quantitative mass spectrometry-based cancer proteomics. The tools I learned at CBAMS gave me a solid foundation in proteomics and I am currently applying these tools and expanding this knowledge to understand how the proteome is altered when resistance emerges in response to treatment in individual cancer patients.